Danny Welbeck’s knee injury continues to perplex his manager: “It is bone bruising and nothing wrong at all. They have done all kinds of scans that today are very sophisticated and some of them I don’t understand at all.”
And as to whether surgery would be necessary or helpful: “They tell me no.”
The bruised bone is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Danny was originally expected to miss a few weeks but that has become 4 months without yet returning to full training. “It was a bone bruising at the start. You think that it will be quite quick.”
Arsene noted: “He is an important player for us and the fact that he is not available is a bit of a concern.” Welbeck started 27 games for Arsenal in the 2014/15 season with 34 total appearances for the club and would have been a welcome option for last Sunday and this Sunday.
One wonders if Welbeck’s somewhat indeterminate status might add even greater urgency to the boss’ recruitment drive this transfer window.
In contrast, Jack Wilshere’s recovery from a hairline fracture seems to be progressing quickly with the manager saying he was “on schedule” for an early return within another 2 weeks which would be 4 weeks earlier than many estimated.
With Arsenal facing Stoke on September 12th after the International break, it is likely both players will be viewing that has a potential return target. And with 6 club fixtures to be played in September and another 6 in October there should be plenty of call for their services.